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Paris in May

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A May 2000 trip to Paris by roza4

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France More Photos
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Paris in May

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Things to see in Paris (a must for the first time visitors): Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, Musee d'Orsay(great collection of impressionists), Pantheon, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, la Conciergerie, St Chapelle, Palais Royale, Sacre-Coeur, les Invalides, Place Vendome. Quick Tips: Best way to prepare is to read what people recommend to see and look at the websites that offer information about Paris. Also if you are looking for a hotel, just do a search and you will get several networks, then just pick in which area of the city you want to stay. Paris has 20 arrondissements, so pick 1 or 2 and look for the hotel. I did all my reservation by e-mail, and it w...Read More

Richelieu

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Hotel | "Hotel Richelieu"

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I reserved a triple room by simply sending an e-mail to the owner asking whether he had availability for particular dates. He did, and I reserved a room over the e-mail. He didn''t even ask for the credit card number which was really nice. The staff speaks English enough to understand you and give directions. The triple room with shower in beginning of May was $70 - a really good price. The hotel is located in the 1st arrondisement, within 5 minutes of walking to the Louvre, Comedie Francaise and Palais Royale. A block down the street there is a monument to Moliere. You can also walk to the Opera, takes about 10 minutes. The parking is almost impossible and if you are travelling alone, use publ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Richelieu
51 Rue de Richelieu
Paris, France 75001

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All of these hotels can be reserved through www.france-hotel-online.com, and more information can be obtained by e-mailing each of the hotels. If you've found a hotel but don't have the e-mail, try google.com - it never fails to astonish me how much information you can find. Here are several hotels that I researched and should be very nice. Bear in mind that I didn''t stay in them, but based on the recommendations of several people and the administrator of the site listed above, and above all the price, they should be just fine. Hotel Roma Montmartre ** 101 rue Caulaincourt 75018 Paris triple room (May) 550FF ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2001

Centre Pompidou

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Attraction | "Center George Pompidou"

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When you first see it, it seems so unreal and unfitting in the center of Paris. A building made of glass, with elevators and air conditioning shafts sticking out on the sides. Yet it is a house to a huge collection of modern art. You can find paintings by Matisse, Chagall, Miro, Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky and pretty much any other famous name of the 20th century. They have an unbelievable collection. It takes about 3 hours to see the main collection and then there are also some exhibitions on the top floor where you have to pay extra for the entrance. The square in front of the building is a place for street performers to show their craft and you can see big crowds around these per...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
Paris 75004
+33 (1) 44 78 12 33

Place Vendôme

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Attraction | "Place Vendome"

Place Vendôme Photo, Paris, France
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Place Vendome is a circular shape square in the middle of which is Colonne de Vendome. The Colonne (column), which is 44 meters (144 ft) tall, is covered in bronze and has very dark green color that is so characteristic of bronze aging with time. The column is a monument to the Battle at the Austerlitz (1805), which is so masterfully written by Leo Tolstoy in "War and Peace". The column has scenes of the battle sculpted on the pedestal and all around it all the way to the very top, where you can see a statue of Napoleon as Ceasar. The square in May of last year had also several modern sculptures on exposition. This square is the place where the most expensive jewelry and optical stores are loca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Place Vendôme
rue de la Paix
Paris, France 75001
Aucun téléphone disp

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre is really a large museum. I really loved walking around the building itself and studying its architecture. It is really amazing. You should absolutely do it. Every statue, every column is unique. All the images seem very light, even though they are made out huge pieces of stone. Inside though I was kind of upset. The museum has 4 buildings that are connected with each other. But it is very difficult to follow the flow from one building to the other, and most of the time you are trying to figure out whether you missed something or not because you took the wrong turn. Word of caution: do not start with the Mona Lisa. There are so many things to see. Instead start with the Egyp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2002

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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If you are ever in Paris, you really have to see this cathedral. Most of us are used to seeing just the entrance which is absolutely fantastic, but you really have to go inside and to walk around Notre Dame to understand why so much has been written and told about it. The cathedral is very large and takes up a whole block. It has gorgeous stained glass and you are probably better off buying postcards then taking pictures because stained glass just won't come out right since it's very dark inside and flash is not allowed. When you go in, you are really amazed at the grandeur of the cathedral, at the intricacy of design and architecture. There is also a collection of jewelry for which you have to p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2001

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Jardin du Luxembourg

Attraction | "Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais"

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Jardin du Luxembourg is located right in the middle of the Sorbonne campus. Every time I hear the words "Jardin du Luxembourg", I remember the song by Joe Dassin and nothing has changed in the last 25 years. The students and professors still keep hurrying through the park to their classes, young lovers are holding hands, and all of that in the gorgeous park with chestnut trees cut in a square shape and statues on the sides, with the view of Palais du Luxembourg in front of me. What a shame we can't walk inside! It's closed for public. Oh, well, just sit in a chair and grab a lunch or relax on the grass right in the middle of the Latin Quarter.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Jardin du Luxembourg
Boulevard Saint-Michel
Paris, France 75006
33 (1) 42 34 20 00

Comédie-Française/Salle Richelieu

Attraction | "Comedie Francaise"

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www.comedie-francaise.fr Phone: (33) 01 44 58 15 15 Fax: (33) 01 44 58 15 00 Comedie Francaise is truly unique and is a treat for every person who knows French well. This is a theater that has existed now for over 300 years and it was originally formed to perform exclusively Moliere's plays in French. The actors have amazing pronunciation. It still performs Moliere's plays and Tartuffe is on quite often at Comedie-Francaise, but it also has performances of plays by Corneille, Racine, Beaumarchais, Hugo and many other French authors. If you know French well enough, it is a real treat, you feel like you are part of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2002

Comédie-Française/Salle Richelieu
2, rue de Richelieu
Paris, France 75001
+33 1 44 58 14 00

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I used these websites when preparing for my trip to France and I thought it might be useful to list them here: http://www.parisreservations.net/ http://www.123europe.com/europe/france/paris/hotels/123prous.htm#2etoil http://www.sitesatlas.com/Europe/France/mfraint.htm http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/general/travel.html http://www.paris-touristoffice.com/index_va.html http://www.paris-ile-de-france.com/eng/sstheme.asp?the_id=6&sousthem_id=23&the_lb=Heritage http://www.saemes.com/Pages/english/voitures.htm http://www.paris-france.org/parisweb/fr/plan_du_site/plan_du_site.htm http://www.searcheurope.com/search/Travel/France/ http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Travel/By_Region/Countries/Fran...Read More

Lodging in France

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This is some information on the price ranges and the ratings of different lodging accomodations. I found it very helpful when planning my trip to France. 1 star hotels have small rooms, usually shared WC and shower and expect you to take the stairs up to that top floor room since no elevator! Average cost in Paris : 200-400FF (US$35-70) double room for one night. Average cost in Provinces : 150-300FF (US$25-50) double room for one night. 2 star hotels have standard amenities such as W.C, shower, telephone, television, etc.. in each individual room. This is where you want to stay if you don't want to pay too much. Average cost in Paris : 350-600FF (US$60-100) double room ...Read More